Switching to the circular economy to tackle carbon emissions

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In May and June, the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) and Normative held a two-part #EUCircularTalks to discuss the role of carbon emissions in closing the loops in a circular economy and discussed the role played by EU policies and legislation in reducing carbon emissions.


28 June, 11:00 - 12:30: EU circular economy policies’ role in reducing carbon emissions

The IPCC’s recent report outlined how rapidly the world is heating up due to human activity and the role that our carbon dioxide emissions are playing in that rise. Paris Agreement-aligned targets require emissions to be cut by half by 2030 and to reach net zero by 2050.
During the UN high-level meeting Stockholm +50, governments from around the world are meeting to commemorate the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Environment and celebrate 50 years of global environmental action.

This talk is an associated event of Stockholm +50 and World Environment Day (WED). It discussed the EU's role in reducing carbon emissions and discussed the policy and legislative changes needed in order to do so.

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Moderator: Cassandra Julin, Head of Global PR and Communication at Normative


  • Cillian Lohan, Vice-President, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Policy perspective

Business perspective

Additional interventions & panel discussion 

  • Julia Breidenstein, Co-Founder and PR Manager at HUMANA Kleidersammlung GmbH 


12 May, 11:00 - 12:30: EU Circular Talks: Carbon emission accounting: A direct tool to close the loops in a circular economy

Under the Paris Agreement, governments undertook to limit global warming to 1.5°C and enact the rapid reductions required to achieve this. By 2030, businesses and governments will need to have reduced their emissions by half while by 2050 they will need to have reached net zero. A 2020 CDP report states that 92% of an average company’s emissions originate in the value chain. Establishing a circular economy in which businesses and governments measure their emissions will speed up the process of reaching these climate targets and reduce emissions throughout the value chains.

This talk discussed what reaching net zero means in practice and explored what tools and technologies are available to do so. It highlighted the role of enterprises and their value chains and discussed how every business plays a role in carbon emission reduction.


Moderator: Cassandra Julin, Head of Global PR and Communication at Normative


Large enterprise perspective

  • Johan Falk, CEO and Co-founder of Exponential Roadmap Initiative

Small and Medium Enterprises perspective

Panel discussion / Q&A session